Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer warm congratulations to the people of Panama as you observe the 113th anniversary of your nation’s independence on November 3.

Washington, DC - A federal judge has banned a group of debt collectors who pretended to be affiliated with the government from the collection business and ordered them to pay nearly $11 million, after granting the Federal Trade Commission’s request for summary judgment.

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on a guest house in Mandera, Kenya, which killed approximately 12 people today as well as other recent attacks in Northeast Kenya and Somalia, including the attack on Djiboutian forces in the African Union Mission in Somalia. We express our deep sympathies to the victims and their families.

Yuma, Arizona - Yuma County Libraries will be closed all day Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day. The libraries will resume their regular hours Saturday, November 12th.

San Francisco, California - A federal district court judge in San Francisco today signed a $10 billion settlement order, starting the formal process for owners of certain Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars to receive compensation for the vehicles they bought.